Sarles, George Arthur, LtCol

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary MOS
7302-Pilot VMF
Last MOSGroup
Pilots/Naval Flight Officers
Primary Unit
1943-1945, VMB-611
Service Years
1930 - 1945

Lieutenant Colonel


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New York
New York
Year of Birth
This Military Service Page was created/owned by Dave Fish-Family to remember Marine LtCol George Arthur Sarles.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Mount Kisco
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
May 30, 1945
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Not Specified
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 34 Site 5018

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 Unit Assignments
  1943-1945, VMB-611
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)1
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Last Known Activity
Assigned as Squadron Commanding Officer and PBJ-1 (B-25) Pilot to Marine Bomber Squadron VMB 611, MAG 32, MAGSZAM, Moret Field, Zamboanga, Mindanao, Philippine Islands.

Killed in Action on 30 May 1945 during a strike at Kibawe Trail near Davao, Philippine Islands.

Lt Col Sarles is buried in a group plot with his three crew members at Arlington National Cemetery.

Lt Col Sarles was VMB 611's Commanding Officer from 16 November 1943 until his death on 30 May 1945.

(He and my Dad, 1st Lt Doit Fish, joined VMB 611 on the same day and both were KIA on the same day.)

Lt Col Sarles was well respected by the officers and enlisted men of 611 for his leadership and concern for his squadron members and fellow Marines.

After his death, the squadron was devastated and never the same.

(Footnote: Lt Col Sarles and three crew members were KIA during the morning of the mission; my Dad (1st Lt Doit Fish) and his crew became MIA during the same afternoon after searching for Lt Col Sarles' downed aircraft to no avail.)

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